Teachers representing 11 states will apply classroom experience to federal congressional and executive branch offices
May 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Twelve accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the United States have been named 2017-2018 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows. The fellows will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena.
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 STEM educators to apply their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform federal STEM education efforts.
The 2017-18 Einstein Fellows are as follows:
- Ruth Ann Dunn, West Townshend, Vermont
- John Galisky, Lompoc, California
- Rebekah Hammack, Stillwater, Oklahoma
- Kimberly Hermans, Newport Beach, California
- Kelly McCarthy, Coal Township, Pennsylvania
- Michael Romano, Somerville, Massachusetts
- Evan Smith, New York, New York
- David Steele, Atlanta, Georgia
- Gretel von Bargen, Issaquah, Washington
- Lisa Wininger, Portage, Michigan
- Jennifer Wise, Columbia, South Carolina
- Chris Wright, Towson, Maryland
The 2017-2018 Einstein Fellows come from K-12 schools across the country and represent diverse teaching backgrounds—with expertise in computer science, engineering, science and mathematics. Federal agencies and U.S. Congressional Offices will benefit from fellows’ real-world experience as educators. In return, Einstein Fellows will gain understanding of the role of the Federal Government in the U.S. education enterprise, knowledge of resources available to students and educators, and broader perspectives on national education issues that can be applied to the classroom or to leadership positions in their districts or elsewhere.
The AEF Program, now in its 27th year of operation, is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists in collaboration with the sponsoring agencies and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).
Current sponsoring agencies of the AEF Program include DOE, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In addition to sponsoring placements at DOE headquarters, DOE sponsors up to five placements in U.S. Congressional offices.
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a world-class DOE institute designed to strengthen a scientific workforce; promote the integrity of scientific research through peer review; provide 24/7 medical response to radiation accidents; evaluate human health data to protect workers from occupational hazards; and conduct independent environmental cleanup assessments.
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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.
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